Trivia: Eric Stoltz was the original Marty. After filming quite a few scenes they realised he was being a bit too dramatic for the humor desired, so they cast Michael J Fox (who they couldn't originally get because he was busy with the TV show Family Ties). But filming, tiring for Fox, was worked out by filming on weekends and nights around his TV schedule and using his double at other times.
Trivia: Melora Hardin was originally cast as Jennifer Parker (Marty McFly's girlfriend). She was later let go when Michael J. Fox replaced Eric Stoltz (who was originally cast as Marty McFly) because she was much taller than Fox and director Robert Zemeckis thought that they would look odd together on screen.
Trivia: In the very beginning of the movie, there's a cute little gimmick. In the first scene when Marty arrives at Doc's place and all the clocks are being shown, they show one particular clock (amongst hundreds), but this particular clock has an hour hand and a minute hand and there is a man hanging off one of the hands - foreshadowing Doc's perilous scene hanging from the clock tower much later in the movie. The man isn't actually Doc, but the silent movie star Harold Lloyd, but still a deliberate inclusion, and worth a look.
Trivia: In 1985 Doc is living in what was in 1955 his garage/workshop after the Brown mansion burned down (note the newspaper clippings at the start). Looking at the appearance of it in the different years you can see that they are same place. This also explains why Marty looked at the garage so intently when he first arrives at Doc's house in 1955, he must have been surprised to learn this.
Trivia: Originally, the beginning of the film started out with Marty sitting in class at school. He is caught listening to his walkman and sent to Strickland's office, causing him to be late for the battle of the bands audition. This was filmed with Eric Stoltz, who was cast first as Marty. When Stoltz was fired and Michael J. Fox was hired, the beginning was quickly rewritten to start in Doc Brown's place, with Marty being late for school.
Trivia: When Marty returned to 1985, Red was on a park bench that had the logo for California Raisins. The California Raisin Board paid the producers $50,000 for this product placement. However, since it was so dark and dirty, and since Red was covering up most of the logo, half their money was refunded.
Trivia: The amplifier that Michael J Fox blows up at the beginning is labeled as being a CRM-114. This is a reference to Dr. Strangelove, in which the B-52 crews receive their orders over a CRM-114. It was also the serial number of the Jupiter explorer in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) also directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Trivia: Director Robert Zemeckis and producer Bob Gale's first choice for the part of Marty was Michael J. Fox. When he was unavailable due to scheduling conflicts, their second choice was C. Thomas Howell but the president of MCA wanted Eric Stoltz for the part. Six weeks into production, Zemeckis fired Stoltz and was then able to get the then available Michael J. Fox for the part. Fox was available weekends and nights while still acting on weekdays for the popular TV show "Family Ties."
Trivia: This movie is Billy Zane's first screen appearance. He plays one of Biff's side kicks. He's easiest to see just after Biff calls Marty's dad an 'Irish bug'. Marty stares, then Biff grabs him to say 'you finished my homework yet?' He can also be seen just after Marty runs over the convertible later, kneeling in the back of the car before it crashes into the dung van.
Trivia: In all three BTTF movies, the DeLorean sounds like it has a very powerful V8-mill implanted - actually, the DMC-12 had "only" a 2.8-litre Renault V6 with a poor 132hp output inside, sounding more asthmatic than anything else. Adding insult to injury, the car was nowhere as fast as it looks; given the weight of over 1200 kgs in combination with the phlegmatic engine, acceleration was not very astonishing, and the car never reached the promised top speed of 220 kph. If Doc Brown had not only considered the stainless steel body but other facts like the more than poor manufacturing, he would surely have chosen another vehicle to carry his invention.
Trivia: November 5th is not only the date the Doc came up with the idea for time travel. Its also the birthdate of the father of the producer. Producer Bob Gale was looking through his father's high school year book when it occurred to him, what if he'd been his father's friend if he went back in time.
Trivia: The school that served as Hill Valley High was Whittier High School in Whittier, California just outside of Los Angeles. It's Richard Nixon's alma mater. Also, the Twin/Lone Pines Mall is, in fact, the Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry, California. Today, JC Penney is no longer an anchor there.
Trivia: One of the reasons that Eric Stoltz was fired from BTTF is because he took the role too seriously and had no comedic instinct. Following his method-acting chops, he insisted on being called "Marty" all the time, both on and off camera, which the crew thought was weird. It WAS weird and made the crew leery of him. Also, Eric didn't know how to feign a blow; he always made full contact in fight scenes. Thomas F. Wilson (who played Biff) said he was very pissed off that Eric Stoltz kept slamming him full-force in the diner scene, take-after-take, until Wilson's shoulder and collarbone were bruised. In fact, the much larger Thomas Wilson had planned to actually face-punch Eric Stoltz in the parking scene at the school dance, in revenge. Fortunately for Eric Stoltz, he was fired from the role of Marty McFly before they filmed the parking scene.
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Trivia: Despite what the ending shows, the movie's producers originally had no intention of creating a sequel. As director Robert Zemeckis reveals in an interview on the DVD releases, the whole finale was intended as a joke. After the immense popularity of the movie, however, Zemeckis and producer Bob Gale realised that they had to create a sequel and connect it to the "joke" ending of the first one. Once a sequel was in the works, "To Be Continued" was then added to the home video release of the first film.
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